On my phone at work I had a voicemail from a man saying he was Kevin Johnson with the US Legal Investigation Bureau that I was being investigated for internet fraud. He left a number 213-226-6944, so I called. He had my name address and social security number. He told me not to interrupt him while he talked, he said I had gotten some kind of payday loan on the internet, I said I never did, he said I told you not to interrupt. If you don't get this taken care of not even God can help you. I hung up.
I received the same type of call from 213-226-6944 and his name was Robin Williems. First the guy called a friend and threatened to put her in jail if she does not have me call him back. He had an India accent and would not shut up long enough for you to ask questions. He stated I was being recorded and it would be sent to the courts. Because I did not pay a payday loan from the internet from US National Bank no such bank exsists. The name of the company I never heard of and he scarred me to death and threatened me with my job and family. These guys need to be stopped. Because a normal bill collector would not use these tacktics. He wanted me to give him my Debit card number to him over the phone and I refused and then he got mouthy and said that I was not serious about taking care of this serious criminal matter. He said the police would be at my home to arrest me. He later hung up on me because I would not fall for his SCAM.
i am still getting phone calls i dont even answer them or call them back anymore i have already filed a report with the local law enforcement office and the FBI and i usggest that anybody who gets a phone call from these people do the same the more reports they get maybe they will be able to capture these people.
These guys have called me constantly. All of them threatening arrest or charge me with fraud if I didn't pay them. All of the people that called sounded as if they were calling from a call center in India. The numbers they used to call from are:
These guys all seemed to use different names that sound American but the person calling was clearly foreign. Many of them said the company name was United Legal Processing Division, United Legal Division or some other bogus name.
What's scary about this is they had my name, address, phone number, SSN, and even names of friends who I used for references on loan. I figured out it was a scam because debt collectors can't have you arrested for not paying a loan. I also called the lending company they said they represented where I originally took out the loan and they said no legal action of any kind was being taken out on me and not to give any of these people calling any information.
I have called the FBI and plan to also call local law enforcement as well in the city I live in. These scammers have called me several times threatening something. This morning they called me at 5:15am and woke me up. This is pretty unreal and I hope this little operation gets shut down soon by the authorities.
Got a phone call today from the "National Processing Service" saying that I took out some payday loan (which never occured) and that since I failed to repay it I was going to be arrested tomorrow at my job. They said that I had bank statements to prove I accepted the deposit. They knew who I banked with but when I asked for my account number it was ALL WRONG. Then he told me my social security number (which was off by 1 number) so I told him that was wrong. Then he told me my home address which was correct except that I hadn't lived there in over 2 years, and have moved three times since then. At that point I started asking questions where did I work? He DID know that, but everything else wasn't adding up so I hung up on him. I don't think I ever gave the schmo a chance to ask me for money. I was a bit shaken that he knew so much information about me, but the fact that the first guy I talked to was foreign, and I called back to confirm the name of their "company", that guy was foreign too.
FYI...the Attorney General of West Virginia recently issued a press release warning consumers of this debt collection scam. Here's the weblink: http://www.wvago.gov/internetloanscam.cfm
On 9/4/08 i received the same type of call only i investigated them, they are a scam and you do need to report them to the local police and FBI along with the secret service, if you read the commetns further up it tells you how to go about doing this and the exact websites to email at. my local police dept forwarded my complaint to the FBI for me. This is a major scam and do not give them you information. If you block your number and call them and harass them on a daily basis they will give up on calling you.
I received a message like all of you and the person on the message said that he was a senior investigator with United Legal Investigative Bureau and he said that my son (and he used his name) and said that there was a legal law suit against him in Massachusetts because he had used my name, social security number.He said he was calling ahead of time for me to talk to my son and let him know that they were going to arrest him the next day.He said his name was Will Buxton and that he was a senior investigator with United Legal. I called back and he also used several other names when I asked him what his name was. Arnold Watson, Officer Bryan and Will Buxton. He had some kind of foreign accent.
I think he (they) should be the ones that have a legal law suit brought against him (them) for stealing information from wherever they got it and put in jail and throw away the key. They are using the information that they have and scaring the you know what out of me and others.Again, I kept asking his name, who he worked for and I finally just hung up. I hesitated and thought maybe I should contact the Police Department of FBI or someone and let them now that this is going on.
See my messsage above from August 26 for more information on these crooks and how to report them to federal and state law enforcement.
received a message that i was being sued by an unnamed company and i needed to call kevin johnson immediately as i was facing a two yr prison sentence,he identified himself as officer kevin johnson..it sounded so strange i was not going to return that call...two days later i receive phone calls from two different friends saying officer kevin johnson is investigating me for stealing their identities...when i called he said i was on speaker and would not speak to me on speaker phone..i insisted he give me the info he had on me and he refused to do that on speaker phone...he left another message claiming to be officer robin williams,same person though with heay indian accent...he was rude and very threathning. if he calls again i will use speaker phone until he stops calling...or change number..
See my message above from Aug. 26 for details on this scam and how to report them to federal and state law enforcement. Also, be sure to check out ABC News' recent report on this scam: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=5621205&page=1
I was called at 1 pm at my job by a person identifying himself as Officer Robert Matthews. He stated that he had a file on me indicating I had multiple criminal charges for fraud. At that point I pulled up this website, and told him all the charges that he had, I also told him that I would be calling the police to inform them of this scam and he hung up. The police stated that since I had not given any of the information that they were requesting(although he had my ss#), that this was not a crime but he did recommend that I report it to the attorney general and to post it on this website for further investigation. These people have called me using different phone numbers but always saying the same thing.
Person called at 5:30 AM (PST) to my employer asking for me, while I was unavailable. Person then called my mother-in-law stating that he was "Officer James O'Connor" from the Los Angeles Police Department and that I was being "investigated for fraud" and was to be arrested on criminal charges at 4:00 PM that same day unless I wired $1,600.00 US to them immediately.
I contacted LAPD, who stated that they had no warrants for my arrest and that no outstanding warrants were posted anywhere in the United States. I also contacted my local police department, who confirmed that their were no warrants out for my arrest. They also informed me that this was most likely a "debt collection scam". They contacted the company in question, who promptly denied impersonating an officer. When the sergeant asked for contact information so that we may contact them for legal action, she was told that they are based outside of the US were we have no jurisdiction.
The called stopped for about a month, but I received yet another call to my employer today with the same threat of arrest unless I wired them money immediately. I let them know that they already attempted and failed to scam me a month ago and that I was not falling for it this time either. They claimed I was wrong and that "only God can help you now" and hung up.
The scary part is that they had ALL of my information; Name, Address, Phone Number, Employment Information, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Spouses Identifying Information and etc.
I got a call from Officer Robert Matthews (who had what seemed a Filipino accent) yesterday saying he was from the United Federal Investigations Office and that I was about to be arrested for committing fraud. He said the whole matter would be resolved if I was willing to pay $1500.00. I told him I'd rather face the charges in court and he hung up right away.
It's a scam. And all their threats are false and illegal. ABC News just did a report on this particular scam. Here's the link to the report: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=5621205&page=1
See my message below for more details and how to report them to federal and state law enforcement.
It's a scam. And all their threats are false and illegal.
ABC News just did a report on this particular scam. Here's the link to the report: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=5621205&page=1
This is a very active group of scammers, many of whom are calling from India (and probably other countries) and are in cahoots with a group of American pay day loan scammers. They attempt to extort money from consumers with a myriad of false and illegal threats, and alternately pose as debt collectors, federal and state law enforcement officers, lawyers and bankers. Their trademark is to use meaningless legalese gobbylgook phrases like "We are downloading warrants against you" or "We are filing an affidavit against you." Another trademark phrase is to threaten the consumer with something like this ridiculous phrase: "If you don't pay then only God can help you."
Typical of many financial scams of this variety, they usually demand payment via Western Union or MoneyGram or credit card. They use any number of phony names such as US National Bank, Federal Investigation Bureau, US Legal Investigation Bureau, Hopkins Law Office, United Legal Processing, Morgan Associates, United Pay Services, National Processing, White Collar Crime Unit and many more. These criminals also use many phone numbers from many area codes; they're probably using caller-id spoofing software and/or VoIP to disguise their real location.
The main thing to remember is that anytime someone calls you demanding money to prevent your arrest, or demanding your lawyer's name so they can sue you, it is ALWAYS a scam. No debt collector (let alone criminals posing as debt collectors) has the authority to have anyone arrested for anything. (And it's illegal to them to threaten such a thing.) And since these foreign dirtbags routinely impersonate law enforcement, it's also important to remember that American law enforcement officers aren't in the business of debt collection. (Debt is a civil, not a criminal, matter.)
The bottom line is, these are criminals trying to steal your money.
A consumer posting a complaint about these same scammers at http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-718-831-7157 notes that 718-831-7157 is associated with an India-based "outsourcing" telephone bank. Though a reverse search on WhitePages.com shows that 718-831-7157 is an unlisted land line in New York City, information on Debtbuyers.Com shows that that number is used by India-based Intellisourze. (Source: http://www.debtbuyers.com/debtbuyers.asp ) My guess is that it's a VoIP phone number.
This is another piece of the puzzle that fits in perfectly with other information about this scam. There are some reports on 800Notes that have suggested that the crooks behind this offshore scam are also the crooks behind the notorious Bass/Ellis Crosby & Assoc./States Predisposition scams in Florida and Georgia. The interesting thing is that the number of complaints on here about the US National Bank/US Legal Investigation/Federal Investigation scam skyrocketed *after* April 7, 2008 when Florida obtained a $1.3 million judgment against Ted Ellis Crosby, shutdown his operations and barred him from ever conducting debt collections in Florida (Read http://myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsrel ... 5257424005858A6 ) There's certainly a good chance that the crooks placing these calls from India are doing so on behalf of the American crooks behind the Crosby/Bass/States Predisposition scams.
Here's the contact information for the phone bank in India:
701, Sapphier, Nr. Cargo Motors,
C.G. Road Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad - 9. (Guj.) INDIA.
A check on the domain name "intellisourze.com" shows that the website and name registration was created on May 8, just one month *after* the Crosby scams were shut down in Florida:
Though scam calls from these crooks have been going on long before May 8, the frequency of complaints about these calls increased considerably after Crosby was shut down in early April.
This is conjecture, but appearances suggest that Crosby and company were originally running a two-pronged payday loan scam operation -- with some calls being made from Jacksonville, Florida and other calls being made from a phone bank in India (and possibly other countries); then, after the Florida Attorney General shut down the Crosby scams in Florida, the Crosby crooks transferred most of their scam efforts to the India phone bank.
If you are targeted by these criminals, be sure to report them to all the following federal and state law enforcement agencies (most of which you can do online or over the phone):
1) The U.S. Secret Service is responsible for protecting the country's financial infrastructure and payment systems from international and domestic threats. Call or write your local Secret Service field office to alert them to the details of this attempted extortion. The addresses and phone numbers for the local Secret Service field offices are listed at http://www.secretservice.gov/field_offices.shtml or in your phone book.
2) Alert the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov Be sure to tell the FBI that you are being targeted by extortionists over the phone. And if the crooks claim to be law enforcement or lawyers, officers of the court or bankers, be sure to include that information in your report.
3) File a complaint with your local police. Most police departments will take a report over the phone. Be sure to tell them that you're being targeted by an extortionist and give them all the details.
4) File a complaint your state's attorney general, the contact information for whom is at www.naag.org
5) File a complaint online with The Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en
If these crooks call back, promise them nothing, pay them nothing and tell them nothing other than that you know they're a scam and that you've reported them to law enforcement. (And be sure to report them to all the agencies above each time they call you.)
By the way, here's just a small sample of numbers used by this particular group of scammers. Read the reports and you'll see the same pattern time and again -- phony organization names, thick foreign accents, and oddly worded threats that are so melodramatic and ridiculous that it's laughable:
I, too, had a call from some (suspect Indian?) from 213-226-6944. Just like the rest of you, threatens to use my social security number and have me arrested. Ironically, this is the same male that also called me from last week from 786-866-5901. Once I told him that I wanted to see "Proof" and everything in writing, he became insulting and not only threatened to have me arrested, but fired from my job as well! I told him if he continued to harrass me, that I would report these calls to the Atty. General. It was then that he called me from this 213 number.
I got a call today from an Officer Robert Mathews. Said I and my son in law had commited internet fraud. Wanted me to give a credit card number to pay back??? He didn;t give name of company that was harmed. He also had our names and phone numbers and email addresses. Has anyone reported this to the FBI or anyone else? He told me I would be arested and go to jail for a min of 2 years! My daughter and son in law use the pay day loans company quite a bit and I see it listed above as well. Perhaps this is the comon denominator>
Vinny and Chris
Written on behalf of a friend that recieved a call: Caller(suspect) (possible asian male or hispanic male with accent) stated he was a Federal Agent from the Los Angeles area and was investigating fraud with Pay Day Loans being the victim. Victim was told criminal action would be taken and the possibility of a jail term of 3 months was pending. Caller (suspect) requested $15,000.00 to clear the matter. Caller (suspect) advised its not the $300.00 dollar loan fraud its a federal crime thats the problem and that teh victim was going to be arrested.
Caller stated he was from some international company and a lawsuit has been filed against me for criminal activity and then proceeded to use my SS# and home address. Looks like some type of scam artist trying to get more personal information.